Francis Maitland Balfour

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Francis M. Balfour

Francis Maitland Balfour (November 10, 1851July 19, 1882) was a British biologist.


  • [Why do animals] undergo in the course of their growth a series of complicated changes, during which they acquire organs which have no function, and which, after remaining visible for a short time, disappear without leaving a trace . . . The explanation of such facts is obvious. The stage when the tadpole breathes by gills is a repetition of the stage when the ancestors of the frog had not advanced in the scale of development beyond a fish.
    • Comparative Embryology, p. 702. (1880)

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